Highly-functional bed sheet wins the Techtextil Innovation Prize 2013
Working together with the Empa and the Swiss Paraplegic Centre, Schoeller
Medical develops a special sheet that assists in the prevention of bedsores and
takes the Techtextil Innovation Prize 2013 in the category "New Applications".
This year, once again, awards for the latest developments are being given out at
Techtextil, the international trade fair for technical textiles and non-woven fabrics.
Among the winners is the latest research project, the "fitted decubitus sheet”, from
Schoeller Medical, a subsidiary of the Swiss-based textile company Schoeller.
The special fitted sheet was specifically developed to assist in the prevention of the
occurrence of bed sores. Decubitus (also known as bed sores) refers to tissue
damage caused by constant pressure on the same spot. The resulting sore can reach
from the outer layers of the skin to the underlying tissue and as far as the bone. It
particularly affects the bed-ridden and elderly patients. The care of decubitus patients
is often very time-consuming and involves enormous effort and expense as patients
have to be cared for within a complex treatment concept until the sores have safely
In a KTI project in cooperation with the Empa and the Swiss Paraplegic Centre,
Schoeller Medical has developed a sheet with a special textile structure that has fewer
touch points resulting in a lower contact area with the skin. The microscopically small
spaces between the touch points can absorb moisture. Consequently, the mechanical
abrasion is reduced and moisture transported away from the skin.
In the Paraplegic Centre in Nottwil, the sheet was tested over an 18 month period. The
condition of the respondents and the affected skin areas were regularly inspected by
experts. "The positive thing was not sweating at night. As well as that, I was able to
turn over without the sheet getting wrinkled or sticking to me," a patient said.
"The aim was to transfer our technical knowledge of textiles, already familiar from
function sportswear, and successfully apply it to the medical area," said Hans-Jürgen
Hübner, CEO of Schoeller Medical. The medical sheet is currently in production and
will be on the market from summer 2013.
It is simple and safe to use and is pulled over the mattress like a conventional fitted
sheet. It is suitable for normal domestic and industrial laundering and will initially be
available in the size 90 x 200 cm.